WRT Health and Safety policy

Woodbridge Riverside Trust Health and Safety Policy




Woodbridge Riverside Trust is a registered charity in Suffolk.  The Trust is an enabler for a wide range of creative projects.  All activities are planned and run by community volunteers.


Responsibility for the implementation of this policy lies with the Trustees of WRT and they will review this policy annually, in January.


1               The purposes of the policy


1.1          To ensure the health and safety of trust members, employees, volunteers and

visitors engaged in any approved activities.


1.2          To prevent accidents and cases of work/activity-related ill health.


1.3          To maintain safe and healthy working conditions, provide and maintain plant, equipment and machinery, and ensure safe storage / use of substances.


1.4          To ensure emergency procedures are in place in case of fire or other significant incident at all approved activities.


  1. Achieving the aims of the policy


To achieve the aims as set out above, the Trust will ensure:


2.2         That appropriate risk assessments are carried out for all approved activities.  Once every three months for ‘The Longshed’ and always prior to any ‘one-off’ activity that involves the public.


2.3         Issues identified in risk assessments are addressed.



2.4         That all volunteers and/or employees are aware of the policy and supporting documents contained in annexes to this document.


2.5         That information related to Health and Safety is displayed in The Longshed.


2.6         That The Longshed is adequately equipped with first aid resources, an incident record book and other required emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers and a fire blanket.


2.7         That the effectiveness of the policy is regularly reviewed.

Annex A    Good Workshop Practice for ‘The Longshed’

  1. Overview


This document does not set out to detail every example of safe practice or how to achieve it, but gives broad guidelines.


It is expected that all volunteers will support one another in maintaining a good working environment and promoting positive approaches to health and safety.


  1. Equipment
  2. All mains voltage equipment used in the Longshed must be PAT tested prior to use.


  1. Workbench equipment must only be used by individuals who have received proper training/induction.


  1. Safety guards must always be in place and properly used on machinery equipped with such.


  1. The use of personal hand tools is at the owner’s risk.The Trust accepts no responsibility or liability for the safe keeping of such items.


  1. Dust extraction must be used for all bench machinery and a vacuum cleaner used for all hand held equipment-generated debris.


  1. All tools must be returned to correct storage places at the end of every day/work session


  1. Materials


  1. Large items of wood must be correctly stored in the facilities provided.


  1. Sensible precautions should be taken when moving large, heavy or unwieldy items.


  1. All solvents, adhesives, and paints must be stored in the steel container provided when not in use.


  1. Floors should be kept clear of casual items, timber offcuts and trailing cables.


  1. Good working practices (use of gloves, masks and goggles) should be adopted for working with potentially harmful chemicals.


  1. Sensible practice should be adopted for any work that involves being off ground height.
  2. Unwanted items should be disposed of in the appropriate containers (scrap wood, metal, general rubbish, solvents container and ‘oily rag’ bin).These bins should be regularly emptied.


  1. General


  1. Food or drink should only be consumed in the ‘mess room’.


  1. The mess room should be kept tidy and clean.


  1. The areas of the workspace used, should be swept/vacuumed at the end of each session/day.


  1. There should always be a minimum of two people present for working in the Longshed.


  1. All accidents that require first aid treatment should be recorded in the

‘Incident Book’ and serious accidents/incidents reported to The Trust

chair. Emergency services should be used where there is any doubt

about someone’s immediate health.


  f    The last persons to leave The Longshed should check that all lights

and power are off and that the premises are secure.




Policy updated January 2018


Next review January 2019



What are the hazards? Specific hazard Identified What is being done already? Additional action needed to manage this risk? Action by whom? Action by when? Issue resolved


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Annex B                                               Risk Assessment Form


Copies of this form will be sent to the Chair of WRT and also posted in The Longshed


Date Completed:                Person Completing                        Follow up check date                              Check done Y/N

                                                                                                                        (If needed)




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